Vice President, Strategy
Philadelphia 76ers
Akshay K. Khanna joined the Philadelphia 76ers in July 2015 in the business strategy department, where he is responsible for driving the organization’s strategic direction and new business initiatives and investments. This includes responsibilities in aligning the ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, fan engagement, and customer acquisition functions of the teams, as well as advancing the growth of the combined Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils organizations. While at the Sixers, Khanna played a key role in the revolutionary ticketing platform deal, under which the organization has partnered with StubHub to transform the ticketing landscape in sports, media, and entertainment in one of the marquee transactions in the sports business landscape. As part of his role at the Sixers, Khanna oversees the creation and development of the Philadelphia 76ers Innovation Lab: Crafted by Kimball Office, including evaluating which startups are the ones selected to be a part of the inaugural class of businesses. Before joining the 76ers, Khanna served as an Associate at Sycamore Partners, a consumer retail-focused private equity firm in New York City with more than $3.5B under management. While at Sycamore Partners, Khanna was involved in evaluating and executing leveraged buyouts and assisting portfolio companies with strategic initiatives and add-on acquisitions. Prior to Sycamore Partners, Khanna was an Analyst at Audax Group, a middle-market private equity firm in Boston with more than $9B in assets across its equity, mezzanine debt, and senior debt businesses. Khanna earned his A.B., graduating magna cum laude from Middlebury College. He graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute at The University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies and has been published in The Wharton School’s Digital Press. Khanna is currently serving on the National Executive Committee for Minds Matter, an education non-profit, and on The Wharton Club of Philadelphia Board. He currently resides in Center City, Philadelphia.